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Kusova (Russian: Ostrov Kusova) is a small, round island in the northwestern Sea of Okhotsk, one of the Shantar Islands. It lies southeast of Bolshoy Shantar Island.


Kusova was frequented by American whaleships targeting bowhead whales between 1853 and 1867.[1] They simply called it Round Island. They would anchor off the island and send men ashore to obtain wood.[2]


  1. ^ Harrison, of New Bedford, September 12, 1853, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Lexington, of Nantucket, July 5, 1854, G. W. Blunt White Library (GBWL); Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, June 26, 1859, NWC; Josephine, of New Bedford, July 20, 1864, Kendall Whaling Museum; Java, of New Bedford, July 4-5, 1867, NWC.
  2. ^ Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, July 10-11, 1857, June 26, 1859, NWC.

Coordinates: 54°42′53″N 138°12′47″E / 54.71472°N 138.21306°E / 54.71472; 138.21306